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weapons? >> i think it may help. but law enforcement's position from day one has been to protect the families. and they have suffered enough. and to release some pictures like that may make them suffer more. and we have to talk about the families collectively. we just can't think of one, maybe, and say it's okay and we have 19 or 20 or 25 others that don't feel it's okay. i don't think that's going to work either. so i don't think we're ever going to get the full range of acceptance to releasing pictures. but i think everybody can understand, as you aptly put, the slaughter that an ar-15 can do a 6-year-old or a 7-year-old. we don't need pictures to know that. i think in our own minds, we can certainly imagine it. and that should be our driving force. >> chief fuchs, you had, i think, two children who attended sandy hook school. they no longer attend the school. they attend another newtown school, just from age point of view. for you it must have been a very, very harrowing experience again, simply because this could have been your children. >> it was. and to be honest, when i wa
benefits as couples. in fact, bill clinton who signed doma into law when he was president, is now asking the u.s. supreme court to overturn it. let's bring in cnn legal contributor powell cowen. how much will the reversal potentially make? >> supreme court justices would tell you they're immune from politicians lobbying them. they're appointed for life by the president, and the founding fathers frankly set up the system so you would have sort of an independent judiciary. i don't think bill clinton's position will have a major impact on the court. >> so what the constitutional argument that will be made to keep doma in place? >> well, there are two cases before the court this week. one on tuesday and one on wednesday. the first on tuesday is called the prop 8 case. california case, and it's very interesting because the california supreme court said gay marriage is legal. they said it's against the california constitution to ban it. and then lawyers came in and voters went out and they adopted prop 8, which amended the california constitution to make it illegal. so they stuck it to the jud
's proposition eight. let's start with doma. it's the federal law that defines marriage as a union between and a man and a woman. it keeps gays from get iting th same rights. president clinton signed doma into law in 1996. he now says it should be struck down. avery freedman from cleveland, good to e see you. >> hi, fredricka. >> and richard herman, good to see you as well. avery, you first on this. two cases before the supreme court. let's begin with doma. how much is at stake here? >> i think this is one of the great cases that the the supreme court will hear this term. that and prop eight. but doma which was compromised legislation and signed by bill clinton back in 1996 has always been questionable in terms of constitutionality. and two federal appeals courts have held that that law that restricts personnel rights that is by the federal government violates the constitution. it violates the equal protection law. in terms of the significance of it, it's really march madness. this is so important and so exciting because you have the solicitor general arguing against the constitutionality
the law. they approved a bill for everyone last month. it's up for a vote in the senate in april. right now people are lining up outside the supreme court trying to get front row seats to history. the court tackles same-sex marriage in less than two days. justices will hear arguments for the first case on tuesday involving california's proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage. the second strs on the defense of marriage act which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. cnn.com has been covering this very extensively. john, you recently followed some gay couples. i looked at some videos you had this morning, trying to get married in mississippi, a state that bans same-sex marriage. here's a clip of that. >> this application is a record, and it is a permanent record. but we're showing it's denied. >> i can't imagine what it might be like to be in your position, to have to tell people who clearly have a home together, share things and love each other -- >> i appreciate you all -- >> that's part of a story on cnn.com by john sutter. also with us is ryan anderson of the heritage fou
choosing boe tech, an east coast consulting firm to help implement the new law legal rising marijuana for the purpose of getting stoned. >> we look forward to working with the board to address the unprecedented challenge of organizing a taxed and regulated market in way that is plekt public health and public safety. >> why did boe tech win? >> they were the highest individual scores in each of the four categories. >> some have called the position the state's drug czar. >> i don't believe that's our official title. >> the competition for the contract was fierce. >> we ended up getting a ton of responses, actually 112 submissions received by the agency, and 95 of those were actual proposals. out of that we had 43 proposals deemed non-responsive. >> wonder why. the pot head consultant bo tech's ceo mark kleinman is already controversial among activists because he expressed concern about state legalization efforts conflicting with federal law. >> we have no idea what the federal government is going to do. if they step in with an injunction, we won't implement based on the dates in 502, bu
crowds with tear gas and riot greer. protesters are against the proposed law allowing same-sex couples to marry. french lawmakers approved the bill for everyone last month. it's up for a vote in the senate come april. >>> a week from easters and tenses of thousands gather to hear the new pope lead palm sunday prayers. ♪ the pope broke with tradition at the start of the ceremony, greeting the crowd in an open jeep instead of a bulletproof pope mobile. during his message pope francis urged followers to shun corruption and greed. >>> have you noticed that your gas is cheaper? we're on a four-week streak where gas prices are on a steady decline. the lundberg survey reports the national average is 3.71 for a gallon of regular unleaded. that's 22 cents cheaper than a year ago this week. the most expensive gas is in chicago. cheapest is in billings, montana. >>> a pre-historic's family's road trip rose to the top of the box office this weekend. >> my name is eep and this is my family, the croods. he's been in a cave forever. >> three days is not forever. >> it earned more than $44 million.
lawmakers to enact new gun laws? facebook.com/carolcnn or tweet me @carolcnn. >>> in missouri, charges expected to be filed today against a man who interrupted kansas city mayor sly james during a speech on tuesday. >> million dollars in investment -- >> this man has just got through talking about exactly [ bleep ] [ bleep ] [ bleep ]. >> that's not okay. affiliate kctv reports the mayor's body guards wrestled the man backstage. mayor james, a former marine, he was not hurt. he called the incident unfortunate. >>> to michigan now where police got quite a shock during a patrol stop. it happened yesterday in c kalama kalamazoo. officers stopped to talk to a man sitting in a parked car. he said he just hit a deer and then picked it up to take it home for food. but when he popped the trunk, the deer hopped out. i guess they'll be calling for takeout now. >> now is your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. the question for you this morning, will the newtown death photos force lawmakers to enact new gun laws? gun control democrats are a frustrated bunch. despite polls sh
at the supreme court. >> it's being asked to decide there whether or not congress can pass a law that treats same-sex couples who are already married under the laws of their state different from opposite section sex couples. >> reporter: defenders of the law say congress has as much right as the states to make its own definition of marriage. >> doma is important because congress said it was important. i mean we sent our elected representatives to washington, d.c. and they chose to say that marriage is one man and one woman for purposes of federal law. >> reporter: conservatives say the founding fathers never contemplated gay marriage. >> because it's clearly not what anyone understood as marriage at the time of the framing of the constitution. >> reporter: still, same-sex families pay taxes and don't get the same benefits and the issue with doma really gets complicated if they have children who are also excluded from benefits. >> when we have kids i would like them to be born in a post-doma united states. >> still, california is one of only a handful of states that gives most of the benefits of m
this was a smear job. a top law enforcement official reported that a local lawyer said someone claiming to be from the daily caller offered $5,000 to find women to lie about menendez. the caller says that is not true and i find it hard to imagine but the website founded by tucker carlson says it is not independently verified the identities of the women involved in the dominican probe and remains unclear with one prostitute retracting her claim. at this point the daily caller cannot prove the story was true it owes the senator and its readers an apology. >>> imagine running a newspaper key i don't see in buenos aires and getting a call from a subscriber wanting to cancel his subscription. it is the pope because he relocated. he said the call caused him to break down in tears. if you missed our program check us out on monday to search for reliable sources in the itunes store. we are back next sunday for a critical look at the media. state of the union with candy crawley is right now. >>> gun violence strikes close to home. today colorado's governor mourns the shooting death of a close friend, the sa
're not prosecuting them for long enough period of time and i think the issue here is this, we have to have laws in this country that people genuinely fear. and doing -- committing a crime with a gun in this country right now and the consequences that come with it are not feared by the criminals anymore. the guy that put a gun to me and i say this because it is personal, he many alreaalready convicted by the age of 22 of aggravated armed robbery with a gun. why is he out of prison to do it again? >> ben, i understand your -- listen, it is very personal for both of you. i appreciate all your candor and i appreciate your passion about it. i'm just playing devil's advocate here. >> sure. >> if the guns were not available, right, then would we be talking about this, ben? >> well, i think that you're implying as if we had some massive gun control, that -- >> just asking a question. i'm just asking a question because -- >> i'm being serious. here's my issue. >> we would be asking about knives, we had a problem with people burning people, we would be asking about that. >> here's my point. here's my poi
are against the proposed law allowing same-sex couples to marry. lawmakers approved marriage for everyone last month. up for a vote in the senate come april. the debate over same-sex marriage takes center stage at that time supreme court this week. the court will take up its first case on tuesday. it involves california's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage. the second case involves the defense of marriage act known as doma. that law defines marriage as between a man and a woman. right now people are lining up outside of the supreme court trying to get front-row seats to history. will the supreme court say i do to same-sex marriage or decide to punt? key players made their arguments today on cnn's "state of the union." >> we immediate to keep the debate live. americans on both sides of the issue are deeply invested on this debate of marriage and don't need a 50-state solution presented by the supreme court when our democratic institutions are perfectly capable of handling the issue. that's what the court will december glide the united states supreme court since the 1880s has 14 times descri
, but the movement for fairness under law where justice must continue. >> civil rights is a constant. never of the past. it's with you all the time. every society, every mu lemmium, every decade is going to need its vigilant watchers of the democratic process. >> moving to see some of those pictures, too. thank you to chris cuomo for the report there. >>> from kansas to virginia, we're talking about this monster winter storm making its way across the nation and whether this moody march weather is headed your way. >>> plus, there has been thought in afghanistan. they were seriously wounded and now these military wives are getting a magical treat for one night out. [ male announcer ] this is bob, a regular guy with an irregular heartbeat. the usual, bob? not today. [ male announcer ] bob has afib: atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem, a condition that puts him at greater risk for a stroke. [ gps ] turn left. i don't think so. [ male announcer ] for years, bob took warfarin, and made a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but not anymore. bob's doctor recommen
plans to sign three new gun control laws tomorrow. here is a look at 13469 nsome o new legislation. keep in mind colorado home to two of the deadliest mass shootings in u.s. history. last year's aurora theater shooting and the massacre at columbine high school. >>> this is a crazy story. 13 pieces of art, $500 million, poof, gone in 81 seconds. you have these two men dressed as police, they target this boston museum here. get away with one of the biggest thefts in history. this is a crime that's gone unsolved 23 years. the fbi is revealing new information. we'll talk to the museum's security director next. >>> we're taking you back 23 years. yesterday one of the biggest art heights in american history this boston, 81 minutes, that's all it took, 13 masterpieces, stolen. take a listen. >> the thieves entered the first floor and went to the blue room and stole a monet painting. and then up to the second floor in the dutch room, they stole six paintings. some of them cut out of the frames. among them, three rembrandts, including the artist's only sea scape. >> yesterday the fbi tells us the
president biden teamed up with new york mayor michael bloomberg today to push for new gun control laws. biden made an emotional appeal for action. >> for all those who say we shouldn't or couldn't ban high capacity magazines, i just ask them one question, think about newtown. think about newtown. think about how many of these children or teachers may be alive today had he had to reload three times as many times as he did. think about what happened out in where gabby giffords, my good friend, was shot and wounded. think about when that young man had to try to change the clip. had he only had a ten-round clip when he changed the clip and fumbled and had it knocked out of his hand, how many more people would have been alive? and tell me how it violates anyone's constitutional right to be limited to a clip that holds ten rounds instead of 30, or in aurora a hundred? >> let's get more on the vice president's emotional appeal for new gun laws. susan candiotti with the speech, the backdrop of new york city, the mayor and involving a number of family members from the connecticut shooting. >> r
grateful for the assistance of our fellow and neighboring law enforcement officials. since yesterday, we've been assertive in our efforts to identify, locate, and arrest the perpetrators. our uncompromising search has led us from door to door throughout the brunswick glen county geographical area. with the assistance of the glen county school board captain's police, we are checking the attendance and absentee list of individuals fitting the description as possible suspects. we are aware that there is some speculation being circulated throughout the rumor mill. however, let me assure you, as i previously indicated, that we are thoroughly investigating this case, and we will not, i repeat, will not, leave any stone unturned. thank you. >> is sherry being considered a suspect? >> we're not at liberty to discuss the intricacies of the investigation, as it could possibly damage it. i'm sorry, one at a time. >> you said there was a witness that saw what happened. police have said there are no witnesses. what can you tell us about that. she said somebody, a neighbor, called 911 and saw these tw
. then, the supreme court set this week to hear arguments on two cases that could change the way the law treats same sex marriage. two key players join us, california attorney general kamala harris and prop 8 supporter austin nimocks. i'm candy crowley. and this is "state of the union". >>> the mass shooting at a school in columbine, colorado, and a movie theater in aurora often left the state in the unwelcomed center of the country's long debate about violence. this week the colorado governor found himself professionally and personally back in the middle again. first he learned that a good friend, colorado state prison chief tom clements, was gunned down in his own home. it was learned there soon after that a person of interest in the clements murder was an ex-con, the long troubled son of the close friend of the governor's. he died in a shootout with texas authorities following a high speed chase. he is now considered a suspect in the clements killing. authorities also suspect his involvement in the shooting death of a pizza delivery man in denver. wednesday as the tragically coinciden
'll hear him explain the shower incident. >>> plus, the supreme court considers a california law that bans same sex marriage. is america one step closer to marriage for anyone? >>> and anderson cooper face-to-face with crocodiles. you know, i was watching this last night and thinking i just don't think i would have done it. but anderson did and he come "outfront." from the united states postal service a small jam maker can ship like a big business. just go online to pay, print and have your packages picked up for free. we'll do the rest. ♪ we'll do the rest. oh, hi thehey!ill. are you in town for another meeting? yup, i brought my a-team. business trips add up to family time. this is my family. this is joe. hi joe! hi there! earn a ton of extra points with the double your hhonors promotion and feel the hamptonality. and i have a massive heart attack right in my driveway. the doctor put me on a bayer aspirin regimen. [ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. go talk to your doctor. you're not indestructible anymore. >>> our second story "outfro
in the court of law here. the police have also sent blood samples of the six suspects for dna testing. those results of the dna testing will be submitted to the court once they're ready. police say the six suspects belong to a local tribe. they're actually known criminals. they have a history of alcohol trafficking and drug trafficking and they live very close to where the swiss couple was camping out that night. now, the swiss couple has been in india since early february. they're actually on the cycling tour cycling from the city of mumbai all the way north to tajmhal. this took place in a very remote part of the country. the crime was committed by criminals who are well-known. and, yes, something like this could have happened anywhere in the world, but still observers here say the fact that this is happening so soon after the delhi gang rape case does not put india in a good light. cnn, new delhi. >> that couple receiving medical treatment now, they're both willing to identify the suspects in the case. and they're actually going to stay at the swiss embassy in new delhi for quite a bit of
of the dorm rooms. the orange county bomb squad and fbi have been out here working with local law enforcement all morning long. campus officials say there's no threat to the campus community at this time but a spokesman describes this as a very sketchy situation. listen to what he says police found when they arrived at the dorm earlier this morning. >> a call came in about a fire alarm in tower one. on the way to respond to that, a 911 call in about an armed man in the tower. when police responded to the dorm room they found a victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. we interviewed people who had knowledge of the situation and during the search of the dorm room we found an assault weapon and emprovized explosive devices. >> reporter: a resident of the dorm found that handgun and assault rifle and we heard explosives were found in a bag. we also know the orange county medical examiner and the coroner just arrived on scene to remove that body. it is going to be quite some time before they allow students back into that tower one dorm. when they were evacuated very early this morning, they were
. but the crash didn't stop the driver from getting out of the car and firing away at law enforcement officers. he was shot and killed in the firefight. >> he wasn't planning on being taken alive. i mean, that's obvious that he was trying to hurt somebody and he was trying to hurt the police. >> reporter: the chase started when a sheriff's deputy tried to pull the cadillac over on a remote stretch of texas highway. deputy james boyd was shot twice in the chest. but he was wearing a bulletproof vest, and is expected to survive. that triggered a long, high-speed chase. >> he came by me, i was say going about 100 miles an hour. had his left arm out the window and he was just shooting. he shot four times when he passed by my car parked in the median of the highway. >> reporter: the denver post quoting federal and state officials reports the suspect is 28-year-old evan spencer ebel, a parolee from the denver area. police say he is the focus of the investigation into the murder of tom clements, the director of colorado's prison system. in a press release thursday night el paso county investigators in co
of the law, and i plan to personally put these on him. >> i got to ask this question. what has more sentimental value, your handcuff necklace or your barrette? >> well, the barrette's lucey's, my daughter. >> oh, that's nice. so the barrette. >> i would have to go with the barrette. hey, hey, hey, don't ask me anything else about what i wear, because next thing i know i'm going to turn around and lucey's barrette's going to be gone, anderson. anderson cooper. >> we're going to stay on it, nancy grace. thank you. good luck to you. >> anderson, thank you, friend. >> thank you, friend. let me just say on the record that i promise cnn and "ac 360" will devote all of its many resources to this search and i personally, i will stay on this story until the handcuffs are returned to their rightful owner or at least until tomorrow's "ridiculist." that's it for us. thank you for watching. "early start" begins now. >>> breaking news, shots fired at quantico. three people dead including the marine. >>> and a wild texas shoot-out in texas. the suspect may have ties to the colorado prison shoot. >
for discrimination in this country, there is no room for discrimination in the law of the land. >> there is such optimism, will cain, among gay rights advocates that the u.s. supreme court will rule in their favor. are they right to be so optimistic, though? >> there are two separate cases. there is the one dealing with the defense of marriage act at the federal level and then the one dealing with proposition 8 in california. i do think all those people you show waiting out front assuming they're supporters of same-sex marriage can be optimistic about the defense of marriage act being struck down. but i don't think they should carry as much enthusiasm for the supreme court to yknock down prp 8. i think they will look for a narrow decision that affects possibility just the state of california and they will do that because they want to see the political process play out. they have seen through history with examples like roe v. wade that it's better for democracy to sort these things out than to come from the court. that's just a political analysis and prediction. >> and i hear yo
] over the new gun control law, actually taking legal action to try to prevent them bringing in laws which make new york state safer from gun violence. what is your reaction to that? >> well, piers, in this country, laws have to abide by the constitution of the state that they're enacted in as well as under the federal constitution, and if one has a cause of action, the place to settle those concerns are in the courts. that's not just our system. that's the british system as well. i'm sure you're aware of that. that's why we settle those debates in the courts and not out on the street. >> piers, you know, there's a terrible irony that the nra is going after the state of new york for passing gun laws. they want to use the courts to try to protect themselves at the same time they push this law to immunize them from being held accountable by others. they want to use the court to protect themselves but don't want the consumers, the public, or cities to be able to use the courts to hold negligent dealers and sellers responsible. >> mr. feldman, you go on about freedom, the great word the
law enforcement official, the chief of prison in colorado after a high-speed chase, police open fire. the question is, did they get the killer? also tonight, an exclusive that this man went free today after 23 years in prison for murder he almost certainly did not commit. meet the man who as a teenager helped put him away and deck lads later asked him to come forward, finally, what made him wait so long. >>> and the $500 million question, who is behind the biggest art heist in history? the list of potential suspects reads like a hollywood script. we will take a look at who may have done it ahead. >>> but first, a texas shoot-out is how a gunman took the life of colorado's prison chief at his home, tuesday night. >> now, two states away, the story might be ending just as quickly and violent with a high speed chase and a shoot out. it might be that this is the get away car and the driver is there. ed lavandera has the latest for us. >> reporter: hi, anderson. investigators from colorado are in the process of flying down to texas tonight to start investigating the remnants of a high-spe
again to repeal the president's health care law dubbed by supporters and detractors as obama care. the latest gop senator to take a shot says he is not giving up. three years after president obama signed health care reform into law, republican opponents are still treating it like a dise disease that needs to be cured. >> obama care is hurting young people, seniors, hispanics, african-americans. >> reporter: texas gop senator ted cruz is the latest lawmaker to propose eliminating obama care. like all of the other repeal attempts, it failed. >> i intend to keep trying to repeal obama care and to fight for pro growth policies every single day. >> reporter: cruz tells cnn the law will put the economy in critical condition. >> the economy is not growing and implementing obama care now raises a very real possibility we will push this nation into a recession. i'm trying to make the case -- >> reporter: you are saying the president's health care law will cause recession. it could very well. we've had more than 35 separate votes in the congress about that and we've always upheld the afford
president bill clinton, as the president who signed the act into law, i have come to believe that doma is not accurate. i have asked jeffrey toobin to explain this. >> all we can say is that president clinton believes it was a mistake and whatever justification he had in 1996 was not good enough, and he, like virtually the entire democratic party now, repudiates it and they want to see it overturned. >> this is not a thumb's up or thumb's down decision, right? this is the supreme court, and so what are we looking at here? >> well, this is a bit of a rubik's cube, and both the defense of marriage act case and the challenge to proposition 8, the case that the law that bans same-sex marriage in california. the defense of marriage act case refers to the federal law that says that the federal government will not recognize same-sex marriages even in states where it is legal. so people, and gay people who are married in new york and new england and all of the states where it is legal, they cannot file joint tax return, and they can't get social security survivor's benefits and if the court up
this morning's "new york times" he is in favor of changing his tough new gun law to allow ten magazines instead of seven because seven magazines are not widely available. gun owners will still only be allowed to load seven bullets at a time. that law is set to take effect april 16th. >>> you know, the heat is on. miami heat has now won 24 straight games. lebron james and company staged an incredible comeback last night, erasing a 27-point third quarter deficit to beat lebron's old team, cleveland cavaliers, 98-95. james had a triple-double, 28 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists. the heat now within nine games of the nba record for consecutive wins set by the 1971-72 los angeles lakers who won 33 in a row. what are the chances, berman, that it happens? >> you can't keep falling behind by 27 points and expect to win nine games more in a row. >> they do that on purpose is my theory. but your theory is that -- >> they've gotten so used to winning any way they want, they sort of -- >> no big deal? >> -- they play casually the first three quarters and then they turn it on. i suspect it may catch up with
i see this issue. first off, starbucks is in compliance with the law that he is proposing. and secondarily, our business is really based on customization. and that customization is one of the reasons why we've been successful because people are able to customize their own beverage. i think americans and adults are old enough and mature enough to make their own decisions with regard to the customerization. we will comply with the law one way or the other. but the way the law was proposed, it did not cover what we do. most of our drinks are with milk, not with sugar. >> with milk, not with sugar. all right, let me ask you about that. there was a study, 180,000 obesity deaths in america, i'm sorry, worldwide, 22,000 in the united states can be linked to sugary drinks. that is a stunning number. so we looked at starbucks and i have to admit, there are drinks at starbucks i love but it means foregoing a meal. 57 570 calories, 80 grams of sugar. so coke is getting slaughtered. but don't you feel that you kind of have a problem, too? >> that particular beverage that you just talk
in quantico. the base is in lockdown, law enforcement surrounded the building. >> the shooter, an active duty marine, was pronounced dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound by law enforcement at the scene. two other victims, a male and female, both active duty marines, were pronounced dead at the scene. the three marines involved in this incident, all permanent personnel assigned to officer candidate school. all of the candidates in the school are accounted for and safe. >> the base is used mostly for training and it's known as crossroads of the marine corps. we will have a live report at the bottom hour. >>> also following a truly horrifying story from georgia's southern coast. police in brunswick say two young boys between 10 and 15 years old approached a woman and shot her in the leg and then they turned the gun on her baby. as the mother pleaded with them. >> he said i'm going to kill you if you don't give me your money. and i said i swear i don't have any. he said i'm going to kill your baby and -- and i said please don't kill my baby. >> cnn's nick valencia in brunswick, georgi
? >> cocaine for one. >> t.j., law enforcement officials are calling ebel former 211 gang member. i read past statements by the head of the gang task force saying once a gang member joins its group, you don't really get out in any way other than getting killed. do you buy that? is that kind of hype? >> oh, no, i don't buy that he's a former member. i mean, lot of times this is the stuff that's for life. i got out, when you get out, you've got to prove yourself, you've got to be working with law enforcement, talk to them in some way, shape or form or trying to get other kids out. there's no evidence proving this guy's done any of that. >> why do you think they would be calling him a former gang member, then? >> because a lot of times when a guy leaves prison, a lot of institutions basically start to refer to them as former. if they don't get in any trouble in six months, even up to a year, they basically take him off the list. they take him off the radar. a lot of times these guys come back later on. you can stay quiet for six months to a year if you're on probation or parole. >> t.j., i appre
law in chicago. karen, welcome. this case is a real life nightmare. really. we always say a parent's worst nightmare, it's a cliche. this really is. the woman we heard speaking, sherry west, says two boys approached her as she pushed her 13-month-old son in a stroller. one boy pulled a pistol, demanded money. he shot her and then her son. the little boy is dead. mom is recovering. karen, no weapon found. no eyewitnesses. will this make it hard to charge and convict the suspects? >> of course it will. all the studies have shown that eyewitness identification is very, very unreliable. however, jurors believe eyewitnesses. how could you mistake that person? how could you not have recognized the person who had a gun in your face. we know that about 70% of all de dna convictions that are overturned are are overturned with two or more eyewitnesses. that's not going to stop the prosecutors from charging or stop a jury from convicting. i think it's a problem. >> we were talking about the new york rabbi killed and on an eyewitness convicted the wrong man. they let him out of jail this week.
michael bloomberg announced he was moving forward with a law to forbid stores from publicly displaying cigarettes and other tobacco products because quote, such displays suggest that smoking is a normal activity and invite young people to experiment with tobacco. smoking is the number one cause of preventible death in the united states but is hiding merchandise the best way to combat the problem or is there another way the states are avoiding? according to the cdc, between 1998 and 2010, states in this country collected nearly $244 billion in cigarette taxes and settlement money from the case against big tobacco. yes, that is nearly one quarter of a trillion dollars. this year alone, the states will get nearly $26 billion. so that money is supposed to go to ending smoking, funding tobacco prevention programs, but it doesn't. of the $26 billion this year, about 1.8% is actually going to go towards prevention. the states use the rest for, well, a whole lot of other stuff. they obviously need the cash desperately. new york city will receive $625 million this year and has set aside $7.9 mi
people. and there's a way to do this without rewarding them for breaking the line or breaking the law, without rewarding them for cutting in line so they don't have a special and unique pathway so those who came here legally who paid the fines, who waited patiently are not penalized by letting people cut in front of them. i think there's a way to do this. and i would call it earned legalization status. >> let's bring in chief political analyst gloria borger. gloria, could it be that congress might actually get a little something done here? how close are lawmakers to coming up with an immigration reform plan that everyone likes or can agree to? >> i sense your skepticism because it's hard to accept congress is going to accept something. i do think, not to be polly anna here, i think you see movement on that front. there's a gang working on this in the senate. chuck schumer came out yesterday and said they are making a bunch of progress. you see republicans in opinion polls moving to where a slight majority of republicans now support some kind of immigration reform. you see the self-int
's proposition 8, the law that voters passed in 2008 banning same-sex marriage in california. and on wednesday the court will hear a separate case challenging the defense of marriage act, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman. signed into law in 1996 by president clinton who now supports the overturning of that law. at least one of the nine on the court has a personal connection to this issue, chief justice john roberts has a cousin from san francisco who is a lesbian and reportedly wants to marry her partner. she will be in the room as roberts guest during the prop 8 arguments. so will cc cnn senior analyst jeffrey toobin who will prep us on that, the author of "the oath." jeff, thanks for being here on "the lead." you're the lead on "the lead." there are a lot of legal issues and torts. but for you this comes down to one question. >> both cases, same question -- can the government, in giving out benefits, whether it's taxes, whether it's marriage, whether it's child custody, say gay people get one set of benefits and straight people get another? can gay people get less? tho
, pushing senators to make background checks on all gun sales the law. national rifle association boss wayne law peer is hitting back hard, pointing out the mayor's recent failed plan to limit sugary sodas in his own city. >> they don't want him telling what food to eat. surely they don't want him telling them what firearms to buy. >> but the assaults on the gun lobby are coming from many fronts. in newtown, connecticut, where the school massacre took place, some families are complaining they received nra robocalls like this one posted on the huffington post web site. >> your state senator will play a key role in determining whether the connecticut general assembly will pass legislation restricting your gun rights. >> and president obama is weighing in, too, using his weekly radio address to push a ban on assault weapons, a limit on the size of ammunition magazines, and stepped-up background checks. >> they're supported by a majority of the american people, and i urge the senate and the house to give each of them a vote. >> still, the chief reason we're seeing so much activity right now is t
should be legally recognized under the law. 44% say it shouldn't. in 2008 the country's support was the opposite, 53% were against it. public opinion changing quickly on this issue. for the first time, next week the supreme court will take on the issue and eventually decide whether it's the states or the federal government who have the right to define marriage. joining me is the legal director for the legal rights campaign and ryan anderson, coauthor of "what is marriage? man and woman, a defense." brian your latest op-ed for cnn.com you call this week's support of same-sex by the american academy of pediatrics a pr stunt. it's an organization of primary care pediatricians and specialists and it came out this week and said that a two-parent household is good for children, doesn't matter if it's a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, same-sex or heterosexual. >> there's no rigorous science that supports that conclusion. all of the science we have shows that mothering and fathering are distinct phenomenon and children do best with a married biological mother and father. it's amer
years. a conviction for obstruction of a law enforcement officer and five felony convictions and in 2006 convicted of assaulting a latino prison guard but nothing like what he's suspected of now, the killing of colorado's corrections director and killing of a domino pizza delivery man and high-speed chase and shootout with police in texas. >> certainly he's the focus of our investigation at this point. we do have investigators in texas. the moment that we heard about the high-speed pursuit and the shooting, we did have investigators pretty much on a plane en route to texas. >> eble had ties to a white supremacist gang. neighbors say they saw no signs of racial leanings during his rant. neighbors expressed sympathy for eble's father, a respected colorado attorney raising his two children alone. his 16-year-old daughter died in an automobile accident in 2006 and now his son has been killed under a barrage of bullets and under suspicion. >>> police say a french passenger failed to get a business class seat but instead succeeded in entering the cockpit while posing as a pilot. he never took
laws are involved. we'll have to wait to see what the attorney general is looking at. >> thank you, paul. >>> more now on that daring prison escape in canada. police have three people in custody including one of the escapees and reportedly they have the other one cornered. let's bring in paul dagla, live in montreal. what is the latest on the standoff right now? >> as you mentioned, to know, police at this hour telling us that second escapee that from prison has been cornered or they have him surrounded. they are negotiating with him. they have three men, three people in custody, the other escapee and two others who apparently worked with these escapees to get them out. >> how could something like this happen, escaping from a helicopter, inside a prison? >> reporter: it sound like something from a movie really and has many people here in canada, in quebec baffled. what apparently happened one, perhaps two accomplices got a helicopter pilot, somehow forced him to fly over this prison fairly low, apparently. someone was able to drop down a ladder, a rope, and those two inmates were a
. and that's fine, but they can't, under ohio law, threaten to kill someone. and we had to take action. >> it even goes further than that. it's just so dreadfully obvious, to most people who are watching right now, that you just don't do this. you just can't do this. it's morally wrong, it's reprehensible, it's illegal. and we thought we had a teaching moment yesterday when we saw the process. we watched it all unravel throughout the last two days. is this really the state of the union among kids today, or is this an aberration, what these two girls allegedly have done? >> well, you know, my wife and i have eight children. we have now 19 grandchildren. i don't know that this is the, you know, certainly, it's not where every young person is today. we know better than that. but i do think, and what i said sunday is, if we think this is a steubenville, ohio, problem, we're wrong. rapes like this, very similar to this, that arose out of a social setting, occur every friday night, saturday night, and other days of the week, not just in steubenville, but across this country. and we do have t
choosing an east coast consulting firm to implement the new law legalizing marijuana for the purpose of getting stoned. >> we look forward to working with the board to address the unprecedented challenge of organizing a cannabis market. >> reporter: why did they win? >> they were the highest individual score earls in each of the four categories. >> reporter: some called the position the state's drug czar. >> i don't believe that's our official title. >> reporter: competition for the contract was fierce. >> we ended up getting a ton of response, actually 112 submissions were received by the agency. 95 of those were actual proposals. out of that we had 43 proposals that were deemed nonresponsive. >> reporter: hmm. wonder why. the pot head consultant mark kleiman is controversial among some activists because he's expressed concern about state legalization efforts. >> we have no idea what the federal government's going to do. if they step in with an injunction, we won't implement based on the dates but i don't see it stops us putting together the framework. >> reporter: financial terms a
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